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5th Dec '16 11:36:48 PM LBHills
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* UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga is believed to once have taken an arrow to the neck without flinching, an act that gained him the nickname of 'Demon King'. Of course, the reason he was thought as terrifying and received that nickname because people around then knew getting struck by an arrow like that tends to lethal.

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* UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga is believed to have once have taken an arrow to the neck without flinching, an act a reaction that gained him the nickname of 'Demon King'. Of course, the reason he this was thought as terrifying and received that noteworthy - let alone worth a nickname because people around then - was that the Japanese warriors of that age knew getting struck by an arrow exactly how painful, and often lethal, a shot like that tends to lethal.was.



* Mongols wore clothing for the sole purpose of removing arrows with minimal damage. It was "raw" silk; at range, at least, most arrows couldn't penetrate this material since the finely-woven silk-strands would wind around the arrowhead, covering the barbs of the arrowhead. This would then allow the warrior to remove the arrow by pulling the silk shirt out, arrowhead and all, and it would keep the arrowhead from doing much damage; an arrow does most of its damage when being pulled ''out'' due to the barbs, so the "silk-winding" process kept the barbs from doing this. Silk's a strong enough fiber that the strands would simply unravel, rather than be cut by the sharp arrow. "Raw" silk is uncut after being produced by the silkworm, and so the strands remained long enough to remain full-length intact after penetration. They'd still punch holes in the human flesh underneath, but by pulling on the edges of the cloth, the arrow would come out of the wound. But [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/379338.stm don't just take our word for it]].

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* Mongols wore clothing for the sole purpose of removing arrows with minimal damage. It was "raw" silk; at range, at least, most arrows couldn't penetrate this material since the finely-woven silk-strands would wind around the arrowhead, covering the barbs of the arrowhead. This would then allow the warrior to remove the arrow by pulling the silk shirt out, arrowhead and all, and it would keep the arrowhead from doing much damage; an arrow does barbed arrows do most of its their damage when being pulled ''out'' due to the barbs, ''out,'' so the "silk-winding" process kept the barbs from doing this. Silk's a strong enough fiber that the strands would simply unravel, rather than be cut by the sharp arrow. "Raw" silk is uncut after being produced by the silkworm, and so the strands remained long enough to remain full-length intact after penetration. They'd still punch holes in the human flesh underneath, but by pulling on the edges of the cloth, the arrow would come out of the wound. But [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/379338.stm don't just take our word for it]].
19th Oct '16 8:20:42 PM Willbyr
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* ''Manga/TheHatingGirl'' is about a girl who has lived since childhood with an arrow ''through her head''. The Japanese title (''Subete ni Iya Gaaru'', or "The Girl Who Hates Everything") is in fact a pun: the characters used to write "iya"/"hate" can also be read as "archery." (Possibly averted in that it apparently has happening to real people -- who survived -- but the manga plays it [[RuleOfFunny completely straight]].)

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* ''Manga/TheHatingGirl'' is about a girl who has lived since childhood with an arrow ''through her head''. The Japanese title (''Subete ni Iya Gaaru'', or "The Girl Who Hates Everything") is in fact a pun: the characters used to write "iya"/"hate" can also be read as "archery." (Possibly averted in that it apparently has happening to real people -- who survived -- but the manga plays it [[RuleOfFunny completely straight]].)) It factors into almost every chapter in some way, and it's caused her a lot of emotional and physical pain, although she eventually begins to see it as a symbol of strength after she and her friend Ryouji become a couple.



* This is one of the central plot points of ''Manga/TheHatingGirl''--the main female character, Torii Asumi, has an arrow sticking through her head for some reason. It factors into almost every chapter in some way, and it's caused her a lot of emotional and physical pain
19th Oct '16 12:36:27 PM Pysiewicz
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* Averted in ''TabletopGame/TheWitcherGameOfImagination''. After calculating everything down, regular weapons deal about the same damage as the weakest type of bows. That makes them even already, without going for more powerful bows and [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill crossbows]]. It's also far easier to shoot someone - shields, magic barriers, [[ImplausibleFencingPowers costly fencing moves]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking bad weather]] are the only things that can stop projectiles. There is a reason why all seasoned players take shields from the very start.
18th Oct '16 4:15:18 AM Willbyr
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* This is one of the central plot points of ''Manga/TheHatingGirl''--the main female character, Torii Asumi, has an arrow sticking through her head for some reason. It factors into almost every chapter in some way, and it's caused her a lot of emotional and physical pain



--> '''William of Stonham''': ''These things may look primitive to you, but you have to remember that we're not stupid. We have the same intelligence as you, we simply don't have the same cumulative knowledge you do. So we apply our intelligence to what we have.''

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--> ---> '''William of Stonham''': ''These things may look primitive to you, but you have to remember that we're not stupid. We have the same intelligence as you, we simply don't have the same cumulative knowledge you do. So we apply our intelligence to what we have.''
26th Sep '16 9:26:55 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''
** Averted when Yuri gets shot with one arrow in her shoulderblade, then becomes feverish when she retains the arrow in the wound for several days. [[spoiler: She wants the arrow to be used as evidence that the attack on her was done by Hittite people and not the Egyptians.]] Removing the arrow was especially painful, because it staying in her for so long caused the skin around it to harden; Yuri ends up having a scar after this event.
** Played straight during the same event, with Yuri's horse Aslan. Aslan gets shot with multiple arrows and two land in its flank. The horse is downed for a while, but then gets up, shuffles Yuri onto its back and begins walking to find help. The arrows are eventually removed by Ramses.

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* ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''
** Averted when Yuri gets shot with one arrow in her shoulderblade, then becomes feverish when she retains the arrow in the wound for several days. [[spoiler: She wants the arrow to be used as evidence that the attack on her was done by Hittite people and not the Egyptians.]] Removing the arrow was especially painful, because it staying in her for so long caused the skin around it to harden; Yuri ends up having a scar after this event.
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''Manga/AnatoliaStory'': Played straight during the same event, with Yuri's horse Aslan. Aslan gets shot with multiple arrows and two land in its flank. The horse is downed for a while, but then gets up, shuffles Yuri onto its back and begins walking to find help. The arrows are eventually removed by Ramses.



* Played straight in the short story "Gilgamesh in the Outback." Gilgamesh (as well as everyone else who dies) is in Hell. He is hit with an arrow in the arm, and bites the shaft in half and pulls the arrow out. Of course, since he is half-god, this may be Justified. Averted several hours later, when he is almost on the verge of passing out, presumably from blood loss, before his wounds are treated.

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* Played straight in the short story "Gilgamesh in the Outback." Gilgamesh (as well as everyone else who dies) is in Hell. He is hit with an arrow in the arm, and bites the shaft in half and pulls the arrow out. Of course, since he is half-god, this may be Justified. Averted several hours later, when he is almost on the verge of passing out, presumably from blood loss, before his wounds are treated.justified.



* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has finally gotten in on this as of ''Ten Desires''. The arrows first appear in the stage 5 midboss fight, the stage 5 boss also uses them, and they show up in the stage 6 boss battle too. The hitbox on the arrows is centered on the arrowhead. It's also somewhat averted, because just like any other of the ([[BulletHell ridiculous number of]]) bullets and lasers, it takes just one hit to take a life.



* Averted in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', where arrows, like all other enemy weapons, do a lot of damage to Leon and Ada. Militia men uses flaming arrows that do almost as much damage as being shot in the face with a {{Gatling g|ood}}un. Arrows used by Zealots in the Mercenaries minigame do less damage, but render certain areas almost inaccessible, since they're firing from the other side of the map.
** Also in the Mercenaries minigame, Krauser has a bow as his primary weapon, and it's the most powerful mercenaries weapon available; hitting an enemy in the head with it will almost always result in [[YourHeadASplode their head exploding]]. Granted, though, you can blow up heads with just about anything, including your elbow.



* Both averted and played straight in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. Compared to melee weapons, the standard bows and crossbows do little damage. Their typical use for the player is to get an enemy's attention and draw them away from a group. However, they do stagger you, which can leave you open for melee enemies to tear you apart.
** It becomes averted around a third of the way in, when enemies start to wield the massive Dragonslayer Greatbows. These do damage comparable to heavy melee weapons, and can knock you around even if you block. Two knights wielding them guard an open ramp, in one of the [[ThatOneLevel most infamous sections of the game]]. You can use the greatbows yourself if you're strong enough, but arrows are expensive and [[AwesomeButImpractical most of the areas are too close-quarters for it to be practical]].
** The ultimate aversion is Hawkeye Gough, a giant who uses a bow twice as tall as you. His help is required to fight a dragon, and he cripples its wing in a single shot. While blind.

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* Both averted and played straight in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. Compared to melee weapons, the standard bows and crossbows do little damage. Their typical use for the player is to get an enemy's attention and draw them away from a group. However, they do stagger you, which can leave you open for melee enemies to tear you apart.
** It becomes averted
apart. However, around a third of the way in, when enemies start to wield the massive Dragonslayer Greatbows. These Greatbows, which do damage comparable to heavy melee weapons, and can knock you around even if you block. Two knights wielding them guard an open ramp, in one of the [[ThatOneLevel most infamous sections of the game]]. You can use the greatbows yourself if you're strong enough, but arrows are expensive and [[AwesomeButImpractical most of the areas are too close-quarters for it to be practical]].
** The ultimate aversion is Hawkeye Gough, a giant who uses a bow twice as tall as you. His help is required to fight a dragon, and he cripples its wing in a single shot. While blind.



* Averted in ''VideoGame/TheFlameInTheFlood'': one arrow is enough to down a rabbit, while a boar or wolf will go down in two or three shots, and will usually be stunned by one shot.



Averted with Haley, who uses her bow to [[ArmorIsUseless one-shot armored Hobgoblins with contemptuous ease.]] Haley is also a high-level rogue with a heavy focus in bow attacks, so this may not be so much an aversion as another example of the above justification; it's based on ''D&D'' and those Hobgoblins probably didn't have all that many hit points.



** Version 4 [[AvertedTrope gets better about this]]; as of this writing, three arrows have been fired, all have hit someone, and the only person not to be killed by one had died the day before.



* Averted by Flechette and Shadow Stalker in ''{{Literature/Worm}}''. Shadow Stalker is almost sent to juvie for nearly killing several people with her crossbow (the only reason she isn't is that she was forced into joining the Wards program and accepting multiple restrictions instead), and Flechette's arrows are one of the very few things that can damage an [[{{Kaiju}} Endbringer]]. Though in her case, she is messing with the laws of physics.
25th Sep '16 7:15:48 PM Andyroid
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/TheFlameInTheFlood'': one arrow is enough to down a rabbit, while a boar or wolf will go down in two or three shots, and will usually be stunned by one shot.
9th Sep '16 12:34:04 AM Omeganian
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* In Homer's ''Iliad'', the famed archer Pandaros complains to Aeneas that even though he managed to hit both Menelaos and Diomedes, neither of these heroes seemed to be bothered much by his arrows. However, this was entirely due to divine intervention.

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* In Homer's ''Iliad'', the famed archer Pandaros complains to Aeneas that even though he managed to hit both Menelaos and Diomedes, neither of these heroes seemed to be bothered much by his arrows. However, this was entirely due to divine intervention. And Odysseus apparently never saw a point in taking his bow to the war in the first place.
30th Aug '16 4:47:05 AM GM_3826
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* Guan Yu, a general in 2-3rd Century China (who has been deified over the years- just pay attention at your local Chinese restaurant), was once hit by a stray arrow on his arm during a battle, and [[BadassGrandpa was about 60 when this happened]]. Though the surface wound had healed, the bone would still hurt badly, especially during a rainy day. The doctor told him that the arrow tip had poison on it, and the poison had entered the bone. The remedy would be to open the arm and scrape away the poison. Guan Yu promptly stretched out his arm and bid the doctor to get to work. During the surgery, Guan Yu was eating and drinking with his fellow officers whilst the blood flowed from his arm into a basin below. Throughout the process of treatment, Guan Yu drank wine and conversed and laughed as usual, also qualifying him for FourStarBadass.

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* May or may not be apocryphal, but Guan Yu, a general in 2-3rd Century China (who has been deified over the years- just pay attention at your local Chinese restaurant), restaurant) was once hit by a stray arrow on his arm during a battle, and [[BadassGrandpa was about 60 when this happened]]. Though the surface wound had healed, the bone would still hurt badly, especially during a rainy day. The doctor told him that the arrow tip had poison on it, and the poison had entered the bone. The remedy would be to open the arm and scrape away the poison. Guan Yu promptly stretched out his arm and bid the doctor to get to work. During the surgery, Guan Yu was eating and drinking with his fellow officers whilst the blood flowed from his arm into a basin below. Throughout the process of treatment, Guan Yu drank wine and conversed and laughed as usual, also qualifying him for FourStarBadass.
29th Jul '16 10:46:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Callisto of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' provides the picture for this trope. Lucky for her, she [[spoiler: was a god at the time]], so she wasn't killed. Xena herself takes an arrow to the abdomen in Episode 2, and both pulls out, and cauterizes the wound herself. It only takes her a few days to recover- which just so happens to be one of the ''longest'' recovery times on the show.

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* Callisto of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' provides the picture for this trope. ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':
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Lucky for her, Callisto, she [[spoiler: was a god at the time]], so she wasn't killed. Xena herself takes an arrow to the abdomen in Episode 2, and both pulls out, and cauterizes the wound herself. It only takes her a few days to recover- which just so happens to be one of the ''longest'' recovery times on the show.



** Considering that Hiro is a modern-day fanboy whose knowledge of Ancient Japanese warfare comes from TV and myths, where people likely ''would'' do that with arrows.



** Caine was ''bluffing--'' i.e. he was trying to show them that he was immortal, as they feared-- and fortunately for him, they believed it, and fled away forever. Also fortunately for him, the bowman wasn't a particularly good shot, and missed his vital organs. The arrowhead was also stated to be made of silver, in order to "overcome his magic;" however in reality, silver is a fairly soft metal, and will blunt when hitting bone, doing less damage and being easier to pull out. Therefore the arrowhead would break a rib or two, and do some damage-- but far ''less'' damage than an actual steel arrowhead. Finally, Caine was able to get to a fairly competent 1870 frontier physician, who was used to treating such wounds.



** It's mainly to show that Ronon is a badass, and [=McKay=]'s...[[NonActionGuy not]].
** In Ronon's first appearance, he has a tracking chip removed from the back of his neck... without anesthesia.
** Inverted to the other extreme in a season 8 episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', where a villager kills a Jaffa with a single crossbow bolt [[ArmorIsUseless through his armor]].

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** It's mainly to show that Ronon is a badass, and [=McKay=]'s...[[NonActionGuy not]].
** In Ronon's first appearance, he has a tracking chip removed from the back of his neck... without anesthesia.
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* Inverted to the other extreme in a season 8 episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', where a villager kills a Jaffa with a single crossbow bolt [[ArmorIsUseless through his armor]].
29th Jul '16 10:44:22 AM Morgenthaler
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** Played with in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''. A close to mid-range arrow is a kill shot, but be too far away and your arrows won't even kill a man. If that happens, it really puts the Annoying in AnnoyingArrows: If your shot wasn't noticed, your victim and any friends of his will do a search for, like, fifteen seconds before shrugging and acting as though nothing happened.

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** * Played with in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''. A close to mid-range arrow is a kill shot, but be too far away and your arrows won't even kill a man. If that happens, it really puts the Annoying in AnnoyingArrows: If your shot wasn't noticed, your victim and any friends of his will do a search for, like, fifteen seconds before shrugging and acting as though nothing happened.
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